Theron lauds Baby Bok heroes

2012-06-13 07:45

Cape Town - Baby Boks coach Dawie Theron was full of praise for his team’s effort after their convincing 28-15 win over England in Pool B of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.

The Junior Boks stormed back from a 0-3 deficit at half-time to score four tries and get the bonus point needed to top the pool and qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.

They will play Argentina at Newlands on Sunday.

“The players never stopped believing that four tries were possible. Even at the break, when we have failed to score any points, there was a very strong belief that we should stick to our guns and keep hammering away at their defence. We scored early and that gave us great momentum.”

Tries by William Small-Smith and Shaun Adendorff in a short space of time saw the South African side race into a 14-3 lead. England closed the gap with three penalties, but bursts by Pieter Steph du Toit and another by Adendorff secured the bonus point and the win. Flyhalf Handré Pollard kicked all four conversions.

“This team showed tremendous guts out there tonight and thoroughly deserves all the accolades from this win. We tried afterwards to name a Man of the Match, but there were just so many guys who played out of their skin, it was impossible,” Theron said.

The Junior Boks lost regular captain Wiaan Liebenberg and replacement flyhalf Tony Jantjies shortly before kick-off, but Theron said they had time to change the team, with Du Toit coming in at No 7.

“He was going to play a role as a flanker in this match and the injury forced our hand a bit, but it was part of our plan,” Theron said.

Small-Smith said the team never stopped believing.

“It was a matter of time for us, as we believed that we could score four tries. It was all we talked about before the match. Everyone gave everything out there tonight.”

Results form the IRB Junior World Championship on Tuesday:

Pool A

Wales 74, Samoa 3
New Zealand 33, Fiji 12

Pool B

Ireland 41, Italy 12
South Africa 28, England 15

Pool C

Argentina 17, Scotland 12
France 31, Australia 7


June 17

Ninth place semi-finals

Scotland v Italy
Fiji v Samoa

Fifth place semi-finals

France v Australia
Ireland v England


Wales v New Zealand
South Africa v Argentina


  • J.D. - 2012-06-13 08:43

    Most exiting game in a very long time. The Poms were blown away by sheer guts passion and determination.

  • schalk.vanschalkwyk.16 - 2012-06-13 09:20

    wat het ek 2 weke gelede gese, die Iere was lucky gewees !! Ha ha ha..... Vat hom BOKKIES !!

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-06-13 09:42

      Die Iere was nie lucky nie, ons was oorgerus. Daai verloor is wat ons nodig gehad het om the baba-bokke the kick-start. Blessing in disguise.

  • hanno.uys.5 - 2012-06-13 09:29

    Baie mooi so Bokkies! Julle maak ons trots! Alhoewel ook bietjie moerig as julle so droogmaak soos in die eerste helfte, maar baie mooi reggemaak! Nou weet julle wat julle kan doen! Go Bokkies!

  • Gert - 2012-06-13 09:33

    Awesome game @ Awesome venue. Go Bokkies !!!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-06-13 10:40

      Absolutely awesome venue... I enjoyed the game and the atmosphere was great.. What would be nice is that we should sing Shosoloza when the Boks play.. that wpuld be awesome. Just the sound system wasnt so great..

  • Jody - 2012-06-13 10:10

    Met Pollard , Small Smith en Serfontein het Bokkies goed vertoon. Ons 6 flank het ook alles gegee.

      anton.bischoff - 2012-06-13 11:37

      Bulle julle moet 12 13 en 6 vashou

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